Policing: Researcher calls for more resources for Nigeria Police Force

Lead Researcher on the presentation of research outcomes on public perception and attitude of the public on the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Dr Ukiwo Ukoha has recommended adequate and sustainable resourcing for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) across the country.

The research was one of the pathways towards an enhanced, collaborative approach to policing, grounded in the mandates of the Nigeria Police Act 2020 at the just concluded two-day National Stakeholders Retreat on Policing in Abuja.

According to him, the research will bridge the knowledge gap in promoting community engagement. 

Speaking Wednesday in Abuja at the close out meeting of the Police Reform Initiative project organised by International Alert with funding from the UK Integrated Security Fund (ISF), he also said the research lays the foundation for further research that explores the long term impacts of police reforms and interventions on public perception and experiences.

The research aims to explore the challenges facing the NPF on police community relations.

While reflecting on the just concluded National Stakeholders Retreat on Policing in Abuja, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) , Yetunde O. Longe said the retreat and training organised for Senior officers of NPF was successful and harped on continued partnership with International Alert and other organizations to enhance service delivery of the Nigeria Police. 

The Country Director of International Alert, Dr Paul Nyulaku Bemshima explained that during the just concluded national retreat, stakeholders identified common ground for building relationship between CSOs, communities, media, stakeholders and the police adding that policing is everybody’s business.

He further explained that stakeholders produced a memoranda and submittes to the House of Representatives Committee on constitution review. 

According to him, the memo put forward all the key issues in the research, resolutions from the National Stakeholders Retreat and National Stability Dialogue I and II.

He said they will continue to engage and put in place collaborative environment and platforms that are useful for putting forward shared priorities around police reform.

“During the trainings with NPF PPROs, we had useful conversations around communication tools that are needed for engaging with the public. 

“We found the willingness of the police to engage with the public and there is a collaborative platform for understanding their grievances and how they can be addressed.

“We will engage with the House of Representatives to make sure some of research findings especially on better resourcing of the Police is prioritised, “he said.